Apolaris and Gwenhwyvar around 10 days old.
Gwenhwyvar just prior to weaning in September:
and then again in October:
"Gwen" is finally growing up! Still living life in the fields with the other mares, you can catch glimpses of the mature mare that she will become!
Her she is all cleaned up for the first time!!
Placing third in her group, Gwenhwyvar received her provisional keur status at the Central Keuring this afternoon.
Now the plan is to get her started under saddle and perhaps to her IBOP before she returns to the fields and settles to the life of a broodmare as we patiently await for the safe arrival of her first foal next spring!
Gwenhwyvar is now under saddle and preparing for her IBOP. As we do not want her to get too heavy in foal before her test, she is scheduled to participate on September 24th... We will see how she continues to develop under saddle and make a final decision about sending her closer to that date.
Gwenhwyvar is now a keur mare!
She has passed her IBOP with a score of 75.5.
Sadly, Gwenhwyvar aborted her Kannan foal, a black filly, four weeks early.
Thankfully, Gwen seems to be recovering well with no ill health.
We will give Gwen a little time to recover and then choose who to bred her to this year.
We have chosen to try breeding Gwenhwyvar again and have selected Glenfiddich VDL to be the sire. Glenfiddich is a well-developed stallion with unlimited scope, a great technique and a lot of jumping intelligence. He canters with a great deal of power and did a good KWPN Stallion Test. In total he scored 79 points, to include a 8.5 for his scope. For canter, rideability and mentality and talent as a jumper he scored an 8.
Gwenhwyvar has gifted us with a beautiful carbon copy of herself! Glenfiddich has helped make the filly taller and longer lined, just what we wanted!!
VDL must be pleased with what they see in little Ladyhawke as she has been invited to participate in the annual VDL stallion show to demonstrate the quality of foals that Glenfiddich is producing.
We were so happy with how Ladyhawke turned out that we have decided to repeat the cross, and I am thrilled to report that we once again have a 19 day pregnancy to the great Glenfiddich VDL.
Gwenhwyvar has passed the KWPN's new DNA test for OCD inheritance, this now takes the place of the prok x-ray requirement and qualifies her for the elite predicate!!
Once again I am thrilled to announce that VDL has selected Gwenhwyvar and her Glenfiddich foal to participate in the annual VDL stallion show!! Maybe one day Macallan will be a part of the show as a licensed stallion!!
Excited to report that Gwenhwyvar is once again pregnant to the remarkable stallion Kannan.
We can only hope for the safe delivery of this special package early next year.
Size and scope should be a guarantee!!
Once again Gwenhwyvar has delivered an absolutely stunning foal. This young man is certainly going to be tall!! I just love the look of him and can only imagine what type of sport horse he will become once under saddle in a few years time.
Unsure whether to keep Gwenhwyvar solely as a broodmare, or to consider getting her sport predicate, I left the decision up to her. One breeding attempt to get pregnant and stay a broodmare, or if not, back under saddle.
I am happy to report that Gwenhwyvar is expecting a foal by Glasgow van't Merelsnest for next spring.
Glasgow is an exceptional and interestingly bred stallion, being by Nabab de Reve and out of the full sister to Sapphire. He is a well-developed stallion with height and length and jumps with scope and care. He is a powerful and bold jumper, with a forward, balanced and rideable canter - a great match for Gwenhwyvar.
Glasgow and rider Jur Vrieling have also just been named to the 2018 World Equestrian Games team in Tyron (USA) for the Netherlands.
Last Updated: July 30, 2018